Unresolved: Karin Catherine Waldegrave’s Perplexing Facebook Presence

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Previously: Who Killed Sister Cathy?

In April of 2010, a woman named Karin Catherine Waldegrave joined Facebook. This in and of itself is obviously not unusual; people join Facebook all the time. What sets Karin apart was the sheer absurdity of her posts — posts which still defy explanation to this very day. In fact, many are still wondering whether Karin’s page was written by a real person.

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The Weird Part Of YouTube: ‘Petscop,’ Haunted Video Games, And The Candace Newmaker Theory

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This new feature on The Ghost In My Machine draws its name from the title of a creepypasta story. Unlike the pasta, however, TGIMM’s “The Weird Part Of YouTube” isn’t going to focus on gore or videos that traffic primarily in shock value; instead, we’re going to look at the eeriest videos and web series I can find — the ones that are probably fiction, but feel like they could still be real.

So, with that in mind, let’s talk about Petscop.

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Creepy Wikipedia: Christine And Lea Papin, The Murderous Maids Of France

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The truth often really is stranger than fiction, and the creepy parts of Wikipedia prove it. Weird history, scientific oddities, otherwise unclassifiable Things that you wouldn’t believe actually existed if you hadn’t just spent half an hour reading about them — that’s what The Ghost In My Machine‘s new feature, Creepy Wikipedia, will cover.

I’m still experimenting with the format, so how you see it presented here might change over time; generally speaking, though, Creepy Wikipedia will highlight some of the weirder Wikipedia pages out there — the kinds of unusual things you tend to stumble upon after you’ve fallen down the proverbial rabbit hole and spent too much time jumping from page to page. What I’m trying out first, format-wise, is a short summary of key points, followed by some recommended resources for further reading — Wikipedia, as interesting as it is, may not always be reliable, so it’s often helpful to refer to additional sources. Think of it as a starting point for further, extremely unsettling exploration.

YouTube isn’t the only part of the internet that can get a little weird.

Christine and Léa Papin grew up in a chaotic home near Le Mans, France. There were six years between them —  Christine was born on March 8, 1905, and Léa on Sept. 15, 1911 — but they were close; an abusive father and a neglectful mother had made them each other’s lifeline. They had an older sister, too — Emilia, with whom Christine was also close — but when Emilia was finally old enough to work, she chose to become a nun, enraging their mother, who was counting on the income of her three daughters to keep her comfortable. Christine, and later Léa, were put into service as maids, with their pay going to support their mother.

In 1926, both Christine and Léa were employed by the Lancelin household — consisting of retired lawyer René Lancelin, his wife Léonie, and their grown daughter, Geneviève — in Le Mans. The Papin sisters worked there for several years, with Christine as the cook and Léa as the chambermaid — until Feb. 2, 1933.

That was the day they murdered Léonie and Geneviève Lancelin.

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‘The Creepypasta Collection, Volume 2’ Edited By MrCreepyPasta Takes Online Horror Offline (Review)

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Creepypasta fascinates me for a variety of reasons, one of which is this: It’s no longer confined to the internet. The short story collection The Creepypasta Collection, Volume 2, edited by YouTube favorite MrCreepyPasta, recently hit shelves, so when a copy of it landed in my inbox, I was happy to check it out. In some respects, I’m sort of surprised that collections like this one haven’t become more common — although in others ways, perhaps that’s understandable. Authorship when it comes to creepypasta can be… tricky.

We’ll get to that in a bit, though. First, some details and my thoughts on this particular collection:

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Unresolved: Who Killed Sister Cathy? Baltimore, Archbishop Keough High School & The Murder Of Catherine Cesnik

Previously: Unfavorable Semicircle.

The story starts with a disappearance, and ends with a murder. Or does it? There was also a scandal, and abuse, and many secrets — some of which have since come to light, but some of which have remained shrouded in darkness. The murder is part of it, of course, but after all these years, the case still lacks a satisfactory conclusion. Among the many questions that have been left unanswered is this: Who killed Sister Cathy?

If you’re a regular reader of The Ghost In My Machine, I’d be willing to bet that you’ve already heard of the upcoming Netflix docuseries The Keepers. As indicated by the success of 2015’s Making A Murderer, an examination of the Steven Avery case which was 10 years in the making, as well as HBO’s The Jinx, also released in 2015 and which led to the arrest of Robert Durst, and the first season of the podcast Serial, about the murder of Hae Min Lee and released in 2014, public interest in true crime is at a high; as such, it’s to be expected that documentaries like The Keepers would continue the trend. Directed by Ryan White, this one will examine the 1969 disappearance and murder of Sister Catherine “Cathy” Cesnik, a nun who taught English and Drama at Baltimore’s Archbishop Keough High School — a disappearance and murder which have gone unsolved nearly 50 years later.

Since The Keepers is due to hit Netflix in just a few days — May 19, to be precise — now seems like a good time to revisit what we know.

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Creepypasta of the Week: “Suicidemouse.avi”

Previously: Classics, Vol. 1.

You probably already know “Suicidemouse.avi”; it’s an early creepypasta, and known for being the one that introduced the immensely popular “Lost Episode” subgenre of the form. It dates back to 2009, with the uploading of the video seen here and the circulation of a short tale to accompany it.

I took a deep dive — and I do mean a deeeeeep dive — into exactly what makes this one resonate as strongly as it does here, so head on over there if you want to get up close and personal with it. Or, just enjoy it for what it is by reading on.

It’s interesting how many notable creepypastas focus on Disney gone wrong, isn’t it?

So do any of you remember those Mickey Mouse cartoons from the 1930s? The ones that were just put out on DVD a few years ago? Well, I hear there is one that was unreleased to even the most avid classic Disney fans.

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Creepypastas of the Week: Classics, Vol. 1

Previously: “The Girl in the Drawing.”

Let’s do something a little different today: Instead of looking at one longer story, let’s explore a couple of shorter ones — all of which are creeypasta classics. They’re some of the earliest and/or most well-known examples of the genre; in most of the cases, we don’t know who wrote them or where they originally appeared, but they’re true creepypastas in that they’ve been copied and pasted time and time again, and thus shared so frequently that they’ve become part of the very fabric of web culture.

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